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Last Updated: Monday, 1 November, 2004, 18:20 GMT
Few tears shed as Vogts resigns
Berti Vogts
Berti Vogts' resignation as Scotland boss has been met with almost universal approval, with managers, fans and even politicians claiming a change was due.

And former Scotland international and ex-Rangers manager Gordon McQueen has urged the Scottish FA to move quickly to appoint Walter Smith as the new boss.

He said: "Walter is Scottish for a start, which I think is important, and he'll have the respect of the players and the media and he's well thought of in Scotland.

"He had fantastic success at Rangers and I think everyone would be pretty happy if he was to take the job."

The fans' attitude seems to be 'anyone would be better than Vogts', but Gordon Strachan appears to winning the public vote.

John Kaylor, chairman of the Perthshire Tartan Army, said: "We're glad to see him go. I feel sorry for Berti, he did his best, but it just wasn't good enough.

The SFA must act to restore faith to both the Scottish team and their supporters
Shadow Sport Minister Michael Matheson MSP

"He didn't get the respect from the players, I don't know if that was because he was a wee German."

"Smith is a good manager but I think Strachan has the passion and the fire and that's what we badly need to inject into our game right now."

Another Tartan Army spokesman, Davie MacDougall, said: "I'm delighted Berti's gone.

"We reached the lowest of the low with Berti, and the supporters were partly to blame too, booing our own players.

"But he's gone now so here's hoping a new dawn is about to break on Scottish football. The Tartan Army's choice for the job now is Strachan."

Stuart McCall expressed his surprise at the timing of Vogts' resignation, insisting that he should have bowed after last month's disappointing 1-1 draw with Moldova.

He said: "I think it's amazing that he has resigned now.

"If he was going to resign, then I thought it would happen after the last game."

"But he will know himself that things haven't worked out for him and that every manager gets judged on his results."

Shadow Sport Minister Michael Matheson MSP has called on the SFA to replace him with a manager who rejuvenate the national side.

He said: "I welcome Berti Vogts' decision to tender his resignation instead of waiting for the SFA to make the decision for him.

"The SFA must now act and replace him with a manager that can restore faith to both the Scottish team and their supporters."





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